New York, Los Angeles, even Detroit are homes to some of the rap game’s biggest contributors. It is safe to say that Barnstable, Massachusetts, a town near Boston is nowhere near the radar of rap’s roots. Matt Corman, a 22-year old rapper who burst onto the scene at 19 is trying to change that if he has anything to say about it. Corman, coming up from the Boston rap scene has created a growing following for himself on platforms such as SoundCloud, Spotify, and on numerous sources of social media. Unfiltered Access’s own Samuel Berger recently had the opportunity to speak with Corman about where he has gone in his career and where he looks to go.
Getting Into Music
What inspired you to get into music? Was there a specific point where it hit you and you just knew this is what you needed to do?
“I never took music that serious, used to just freestyle in the locker-room in high school. It wasn’t until I got to college where I released some songs and started to gain some traction. Ever since then I’ve kept at it and last year is when I started to think I could turn this into a career. After I told myself that, one full year later and my platform has more than tripled. I’m blessed to say that… Just looking at the growth I now know what this is going to turn into and I am very excited for it.”
Who did you grow up listening to and how has your taste in music changed over time?
“I grew up listening to Drake, Eminem, Blink 182 and Wiz Khalifa.
I still mostly listen to Drake, Eminem, Blink 182 and Wiz Khalifa.
I’m kidding… but not really. I listen to other Boston artists and upcoming rappers. Russ, anything engineered by my engineer Nicco is a must listen. C-Trox, Justin Stone, John Wolf, BlackBear, OnCue.. ANYTHING Justin Bieber, Sammy Adams, Cam Meekins, Skizzy Mars, Huey Mack, Mike Stud, Logic… alright, you get the point.”
At the young age of 19, what must have been going through your head about your future? Was it doubt or excitement or something else entirely?
“19, the only thing in my head was playing hockey, funneling beers and freestyling down at Osspiee. Future wise, I honestly wanted to make music and be a professional but I had no idea what I was doing.”
What advice do you have for say any 19-year-old who is currently in the shoes you once were in trying to make it?
“Focus on yourself, the minute you start focusing on what everyone else is doing. You lose time to improve your art which at the end of the day is the only thing real fans will care about. Temporary success is cool but building a real fan base is timeless. It tough… but it will be worth it.”
In your most recent song, ‘Ready For Ya,’ you go on to say, “check my Twitter and I aren’t being bitter but it’s funny how you think I am about the money,” implying that you aren’t in the industry for the money. So what is your goal in mind then if you are not about the money?
“My goal in mind is to find great success through music, expand into other areas of entertainment. Develop a large enough platform where I can invest into like-minded individuals and then grow from there. On the music side of things, having somebody who listens to your music every day come out to your concert and meet you for the first time is incredible. There honestly is nothing like it, the first time somebody ever told me my music helps them get through the day I really didn’t know what to say. I mean, I made these songs in a dorm room and now they help somebody live their day to day life? That’s insane… Seeing somebody happy that you have never met before because of something you created really never gets old and its something I am still getting used to.”
What has been/will be your “I made it moment?”
My I made it moment so far was seeing myself on blogs like Promoting Sounds, Selling out The Middle East for my first headliner and performing front of a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues in Boston. That was three, my fault. But in the future my official I made it moment will be selling out The Xfinity Center in Mansfield. Something about coming home to a sold out crowd that large just seems so amazing and I can’t wait. See you in 4 years.
Coming from Boston can you describe the Boston scene? What does it mean to you to be a part of it? Do you look at someone such as Sammy Adams, ‘Boston’s Boy,’someone not that much older than you and has made a name for himself?
The Boston scene is a little different, it’s a small city and everybody knows everybody in the music scene around here. I’ve got a couple good friends in the music scene around here and we all support each other which is dope. Due to it being so small, you can quickly identify who is really moving and who won’t be around in the next 2 years… I’m pretty jazzed about this new wave of artist’s that we got going right now and seeing how well everyone is doing. I love being in the Boston scene, I think people sometimes forget what is really going on here… we have artists such as Cousin Stizz or Cam Meekins who have been in the Boston scene for a bit and were able to build solid platforms through their music on a national level. It sort of paved the way for artists such as myself. On the Sammy side of things, I’m blessed to know Sammy and seeing where he’s come from to where he is at now is nothing less than incredible. That dude is genuinely a nice person, straight up, and can make some records. He dealt with the industry and still comes out swinging with a fan base to back it. It’s cool to see that someone can break through the “Boston ceiling” and put it on the map.
As much notoriety Corman has received for his music, he has received just as much praise his actions away from the mic. A true believer in giving back to those less fortunate, especially now with an elevated status, Corman’s newly released EP will donate a percentage of each download to the St. Judes Children Research Hospital.
A portion of each download from your EP goes to the Children’s Research Hospital, a respectable act on your part. What caused you to want to do this, what is the reasoning behind it?
“I always told myself that as my platform grows, I would like to have a positive impact on everybody following it. A part of this career path I chose involves become an influencer, having an influence on others around you is an extremely powerful quality to have. Once I started to see the downloads coming in for my EP, I got really excited and had a conversation with my manager about how great things are going. The conversation later on translated into how we can use this success to help those around us. We sat down alone at a white board in a classroom at my college campus on a random Sunday and started to plan out a way to get people more involved with my brand in a way that they feel like they are themselves bettering the world. We felt as though providing an incentive would be a great way to do so and by that, we chose the donation route.
Do you believe individuals such as artists, athletes, and even celebrities are required to use their elevated status to give back to others?
“100%. I really have a hard time grasping why somebody wouldn’t. Any successful person will tell you it takes hard work and long hours to get to where they are. Understanding that concept should be enough to want to motivate other individuals who have yet to obtain their personal goals in life. Giving back to the community or others, in general, is kind of something you signed up for the day you said I am going to be an influencer. The more power you have to positively impact the world the better, if you choose not to do so you are just being selfish and not making the most powerful impact in life that you are allowed to.”